Klawer murderer had “spiritual problems” – Attorney

The lawyer for the guy accused of butchering a 13-year-old kid in Klawer has released shocking new information.

Santie Human, attorney of Daniel Smit, told reporters outside the Klawer Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

According to Human Smit had “spiritual problems” and did not have a mental illness.

She said her client got involved in the occult when he was 13 years old, in Vredendal, when he met someone from out of town who gave him stuff about the occult to read.

“He felt he belonged – part of it. Smit was 19 when an occult group from Sea Point showed him how to kill.

“He learned how to kill with very little blood spilled, to incinerate the body and to throw any remains in the sea,” she said.

A bare-footed Smit made his first court appearance in the Klawer Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning.

Human also made it clear that this was not a racially motivated murder.

She said despite people referring to him as a farmer because he is a white Afrikaner, he is NOT a farmer.

According to reports, the 13-year-old Jerobejin van Wyk and his friend stole mangoes from the garden of Smith.

He then chased the boys with his bakkie and ran over Van Wyk.

It is believed he threw the body of Van Wyk on his bakkie.

The other boy managed to getaway.

Netwerk24 reported that sources said Smit then hacked the body of Van Wyk into several parts before he burned the body parts in an attempt to dispose of the body.

The remaining body parts were thrown down the drain at his house.

Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie said during a visit with detectives and family members, it was confirmed that an ear, kidney, and intestines were found in the drain at his house.

According to Western Cape police spokesperson Colonel André Traut, the remains were discovered in a sewerage pipe on the premises.

He went on to say that the identity of the individual whose remains were discovered has yet to be determined, and that the youngster is still missing.

“On Thursday, a 56-year-old man was arrested in Klawer on a charge of kidnapping as a result of our investigation into the disappearance of a 13-year-old boy.

“According to accounts, the missing youngster was accused of stealing fruit from the man’s Second Avenue home on Wednesday and was pursued by him.” Since then, the boy has not been seen.